Tag Archives: Oak

• Tequila Flavored With Wood Is The New Big Thing

Tequila Flavored With Wood Is The New Big Thing

With Cinco de Mayo drawing near, tequila consumption will be at an annual high this weekend and through Monday, but at the same time, there is a much publicized lime shortage nationwide and in Mexico hurting the margarita and cerveza businesses. That’s good news for the newest wave of ultra-premium tequilas, which allow you to […]

Last Minute Gift Guide! It’s Not Too Late!

Last Minute Gift Guide! It’s Not Too Late!

            SUNGLASSES MADE FROM WINE BARRELS Woodzee makes sunglasses out of wood. In November, they’re teaming with Northern California’s Robert Mondavi Private Selection to offer glasses made of repurposed barrels, wine stains included. The wood is smooth and the aroma heavenly. They come in four different lenses but the same […]

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Wine Lovers Must Have: Eyeglasses Made From Wine Barrels

Wine Lovers Must Have: Eyeglasses Made From Wine Barrels

Robert Mondavi Winery has collaborated with California-based sunglasses maker Woodzee on a pair of shades crafted from old wine barrels. The frames of the Wayfarer-shaped specs are made from wood used to age Central Coast red blend, Robert Mondavi Private Selection Coastal Crush Red. Priced at an eye-popping US$120 a pair, the limited edition sunnies, […]

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• Bourbon vs Whisky: Setting the Record Straight [Infographic]

Bourbon vs Whisky: Setting the Record Straight [Infographic]

Are you familiar with the differences between bourbon and whisky? It’s time to set the record straight—once and for all. All bourbon is whisky, but not all whisky is bourbon. All bourbon must be made in America and the grain mixture must be at least 51 percent corn. Bourbon must be stored in new, charred […]

An American Gin To Be Proud Of And Other Boozy Musings

An American Gin To Be Proud Of And Other Boozy Musings

Nothing like going to your favorite local for a little uplifting booze tasting. I was happily informed that the bar at Messhall was stocking Letherbee gin out of Chicago. I first had it in a barrel-aged Negroni at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, a bit of a mouthful of a name but one of […]

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• Top 10 New Boozey Products for May

Top 10 New Boozey Products for May

Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve We all know whisky responds well to oak, but what about gin? London distillery Beefeater decided to experiment, ageing small batches in Jean de Lillet oak barrels. The result is Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve, a hand-crafted gin distilled in a tiny 19th century copper still used by Beefeater’s founder James Burrough, after which […]

• Vibrant Rioja! What’s Not To Love?

Vibrant Rioja! What’s Not To Love?

Ah, what’s not to love about well-priced wines that are ready to drink and, oh, by the way, really good? At a tasting recently, I had a chance to sample a whole lot of Riojas and came away with a new-found respect. They are approachable, have plenty of complexity to make them interesting and certainly […]

• Design School Partners with Wineries to Go Green

Design School Partners with Wineries to Go Green

Wine companies worldwide may be trying to ‘go green’ by producing organic wines (the wineries of the Middle East being no exception), but even so there is non eco-friendly waste associated with making vino.  A winery in the Israeli Negev desert has being using solar power to meet its energy needs for the past few […]

• When Is a Wine Not a Wine? When European Regulations Say It’s Not

When Is a Wine Not a Wine? When European Regulations Say It’s Not

Poured from the bottle, the ruby-colored liquid looks like wine. Swirled around a glass, it smells like wine. Sure enough, it tastes like wine, too. But, at least within the confines of the European Union, the closest it may come to be being called wine is “fruit-based alcoholic beverage.” The ruling is bad news for […]

• Oh dear. Another celeb wine. This time Eurythmics star.

Oh dear. Another celeb wine. This time Eurythmics star.

Former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart has become the latest celebrity vintner after teaming up with McLaren Vale estate Mollydooker on a limited edition bottling. Ringmaster General Shiraz 2010, named after the title of Stewart’s upcoming album, is priced at £78 a bottle. The 15.5% abv wine is a repackaged version of the Australian estate’s Carnival […]

20K burning a hole in your pocket? Macallan single malt in Lalique makes a nice gift

20K burning a hole in your pocket? Macallan single malt in Lalique makes a nice gift

Famed Speyside distillery The Macallan and legendary crystal maker Lalique are coming out with their latest highly-prized collaboration in time for the holidays. The Macallan in Lalique Curiously Small Stills decanter, the fourth in the covetable series of single malt presentations, contains an exceptionally rare 60-year-old whisky. Limited to only 400 numbered pieces worldwide, with only 72 of […]

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• Bourbon in Barrels: There’s more to wood than meets the eye

Bourbon in Barrels: There’s more to wood than meets the eye

When it comes to winemaking, the importance of oak barrels is well known, but cooperage is just as crucial for making Bourbon. That’s why distillers are experimenting with new techniques ranging from inserting French oak staves to charring their casks for longer to ensure the best Bourbon flavors are achieved.  In Kentucky, once the cask […]

• Oak and booze a great pairing

Oak and booze a great pairing

You have to love the things oak does to booze. Bourbon springs to mind immediately. If you’ve ever stood in a warehouse full of white oak barrels, with bourbon scent wafting all around, you know what I mean. Clear liquor goes into the charred oak, and years later comes out a deep amber-gold that tastes […]

• Bucking the trend of high-alcohol wines

Bucking the trend of high-alcohol wines

‘Someone is trying to kill California wine,” the authoritative Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine wailed this month. Publisher Charles Olken warned in the magazine’s blog of a sweeping plague of “food wines,” as if it were a travesty that people might actually consume wine with dinner. “Those who argue that California wine is overripe, over-oaked, […]

• Chilean cab is on the rise

Chilean cab is on the rise

Argentina has found a signature wine with the wildly popular malbec. For neighboring Chile, things have been less clear-cut. The country has gained a reputation for good-value wines, despite efforts of some vintners to sell more expensive bottles. But no single wine type is associated with Chile. Some have suggested that the country could make […]